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Female Athlete of the Week-Caitlin Cooper
by Greg Oshust
February 27, 2014 09:05 AM | 1483 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Setting a new state record in the 50-yard freestyle was the main goal this year for Woodward swimmer Caitlin Cooper.

The senior and Virginia signee accomplished just that as she claimed her third consecutive state title in that event — as well as winning the 100 freestyle — at the state swimming and diving meet at Georgia Tech Feb. 8.

Cooper won the Class A-AAAAA 50 free with a time of 22.69 seconds to break the old mark of 22.75 seconds set in 2003 by former Brookwood swimmer Amanda Weir, who would go on to be part of the bronze-medal winning U.S. women’s 400-meter relay team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

“When Caitlin was a junior, she swam the 50 free in the state championships in a time of 23 seconds,” Woodward coach Kelsey Emerson said. “She knew that she was close to setting a new state record. Over the past year, she worked extremely hard to attain her goal.”

She also won her second straight state crown in the 100 freestyle at 49.78 seconds and was part of Woodward’s victorious 200 and 400 relay teams to help lead the War Eagles to the A-AAAAA team title.

“Caitlin has always been a team player and has been willing to do whatever it takes to help our team succeed,” Emerson said.

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